Carter Reads the Newspaper

Carter Reads the Newspaper


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“Carter G. Woodson didn’t just read history. He changed it.” As the father of Black History Month, he spent his life introducing others to the history of his people.
Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen. So Carter read the newspaper to him every day. When he was still a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines. There he met a man named Oliver Jones, and Oliver did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them. “My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened,” Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.
From an award-winning team of author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Don Tate, this first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson emphasizes the importance of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told. Illustrations also feature brief biological sketches of important figures from African and African-American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561459346
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 196,460
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture and chapter books.

Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his first picture book text, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.

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Carter Reads the Newspaper 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Carter Reads the Newspaper is the story of Carter G. Woodson, written for children. It is a picture-book biography of Carter G. Woodson, the man who created Black History Month. He was born to two former slaves and would read the newspaper to his illiterate father. His father knew how important it was to be an informed citizen. Woodson’s needed to go to work to help support his family, so did not attend high school as a teen. While working in the mines he met a man named Oliver Jones, who was also illiterate. Like many former slaves, and civil war veterans, he valued learning and held meetings in his home to discuss current events. Carter attended and became a valuable part of this group because he could read the newspaper and research for them. Eventually continuing his education, he earned a PhD in history from Harvard. It was there that he met a professor who stated that Black People had no history. When Woodson argued that they did, the professor challenged him to prove him wrong. This motivated Carter to spend the rest of his life doing just that. Carter G. Woodson established what was then called Negro History Week in 1926, which eventually became Black History Month, a project that helped make Black history accessible to a non-academic audience. Woodson’s relationship to newspapers anchors Hopkinson’s book. This picture book has a lot of text and because of that I think it is more appropriate for middle grades (ages 9 and up). The illustrations are quite nice with the theme of the newspaper running throughout. There is also a lot of information in the end pages including resources to learn more about Carter G. Woodson and other important Black Americans in U.S. history. This book would be a great addition to classroom, school and public libraries. A great resource for Black History month. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.